What is the biggest gamble here?
1/ The manufacturer intends to make a model but they don't know how many to make so they could make a loss
2/ We want a Class 88 but we don't want to put our money upfront in case we lose it in a project that fails
It seems to me that both of these problems could be solved if Dapol start up a crowdfunder for the 88? Something along the lines of the SLW Class 24.
Dapol get the numbers in advance and, if they are willing to be generous I am sure the cash advances too.
We crowdfunders get the assurance of a reliable manufacturer
There are potential losers - the box shifters - and of course there is a gamble on the exchange rate going against the investors.
Whichever way you look at it - if we want to see this Class 88 made by Dapol (or any other manufacturer for that matter) then they need to be absolutely certain they can make as many and sell as many as possible and the only way they can do that is to engage with the buyers directly the same way SLW have done.
My fear is that manufacturers like Dapol are going to continue to release as few models as possible. The UK economy is in very choppy waters at present. Saying that they are really showcasing themselves - Dapol seem determined to be manufacturer of the year - and in OO they would certainly get my vote (despite my own disappointment with the 73).
I like the way they took on something as mundane as a DMU and the latest 68 and went to town on both.
So come on Dapol - talk to us!
Edited by letterspider, 19 February 2018 - 23:35 .